Students encouraged to give up smoking for Great American Smokeout

Professors and students of the Health Education Department set up a table to educate people about the effects of smoking cigarettes.

The department participated in the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout. A table was set up in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center Tally with helpful information.

Sophomore exercise science major Nick Radcliff said he knows he can't smoke because he has to stay in shape.

"It is important for people to be educated about what they are actually doing to their bodies," Radcliff said. "I think everyone deserves the chance to know what the negative effects are before they actually partake."

Julie Sturek, health educator, said the Great American Smokeout seems short term, but it is meant to change lives long term. This is the 35th anniversary of the smokeout, she said.

Activities were available for students to participate in, and about 45 students came by the event table.

Anyone who wanted to had the chance to sign a "Thank You For Not Smoking" banner. People could also get free T-shirts if they played an educational game.

Students could also trade in a pack of cigarettes for a free cold turkey sandwich. However, no one took up the offer.


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